Chris Obore, the Director of Communication at parliament has blasted some members of parliament for returning the money disbursed to their accounts to facilitate their consultations on the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017.
Recently, government forked out Shillings 13 billion to facilitate all legislators to consult on the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017, which seeks among other things to scrap the presidential age limit. Each of the MPs received Shillings 29 million.
However, on Wednesday, some legislators opposed to the proposed amendment returned the money to the finance office at parliament. They included among others Angelline Osegge, the Soroti Woman MP, Muwanga Kivumbi, Butambala County, William Nzoghu, Busongora North, Medard Lubega Seggona, Busiro, East MP and the Rubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante.
Now, Chris Obore, the Director of Communication at parliament has hit out at the legislators, saying they are only posturing. He also dismisses claims by the legislators that the facilitation money came from state house, arguing that as far as they are concerned the money is from parliament.
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Angelline Osegge, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee-PAC, says she wants nothing to do with the money, since many of them have already consulted their electorate.
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It is not the first time MPs are returning money provided for consultation on different matters. In 2013, a section of MPs returned Shillings 5 million that was given to each legislator to consult on lifting the presidential term.
It came after President Yoweri Museveni directed the clerk to Parliament to facilitate MPs to ease their movement in the constituencies as they consulted on the controversial amendment that sought to extend his stay in power.
With a total of 386 MP's then, government spent Shillings 1.9 billion on the bill.